The Royal Society's laws govern all Fellows and visitors within the domain of Caledonia. These are both an oral body of traditions and written codes overseen by the Silver Ladder. Magisters reserve the right to enforce the laws, seek redress for violations, and respond accordingly.
The Precepts of Caledonia
- The Precept of Secrecy: Violations include casting magic before Sleepers and other witnesses, leaving evidence magic has been performed, betraying arcane knowledge to other supernaturals, and betraying other Fellows.
- The Precept of Hubris: The Council shall judge grievous offenses violating the precept of Hubris on a case-by-case basis. Violations include major curses, unwilling transformation, possession, soul theft, murder, and magical attacks outside the Duel Arcane. False accusations of offenses against the Precepts may be considered a grievous offense.
- The Precept of Innocence: A Fellow is innocent until proven guilty and entitled to legal representation if accused of a crime. A guilty Fellow may appeal his case to a higher court, either the Hierarch or a Duel Arcane for a final decision.
- The Precept of Protectorate: The Royal Society affords its protection to all recognized Sancta. The Council will judge violations and recognize a Fellow's right to defense. Sancta shall provide and make available guidelines to avoid unintentional violations by individuals.
- The Precept of Conflict: The Council recognizes disputes between cabals exist. Disputing parties should seek mediation from a neutral third party, and if cabals cannot reach an agreement, the cabals may declare enmity towards one another. Sentinels reserve the right to take actions to restore peace within the Consilium as necessary.
|The Interdictions of Alba|
- The Awakened shall not kill one another within the bounds of Alba.
- Duels to the death are not permitted.
- Edinburgh recognizes its independence from the Consilii of Britannia and Londinium.
- No mage shall succour the enemies of the Supernal and the Royal Society's laws do not protect them.
- The servants of the Abyss will be put to death by Consilium order.
The Silver Pact
The Silver Ladder struck a pact in the 16th century with the Freehold of Dun Eidyn. Both parties recognized the existence of the other and agreed to a peaceful policy of non-interference. The clauses were rarely invoked. As a point of law, the Silver Ladder acted unilaterally to speak for the Royal Society; whether the changelings did as well is unknown.
The final, formalized document drafted in 1706 still exists in the Royal Society's archives, largely forgotten outside the Order. A copy written for the Freehold of its mandate ended officially in 1842 when three attempts at diplomatic contact failed.
The Silver Pact declares:
- The mages of Edinburgh acknowledge the existence of the supernatural society known as the "changelings" or "free fae."
- The Great Dun of Eidyn and the mages shall not reveal their secrets to one another through word, deed, writings or supernatural art.
- Parties to this sworn Oath shall respect the boundaries and holdings upon the Castle Rock.
- During the active period of this Pact, no challenges against a mage shall be lodged without notice.
- Protections shall be suspended should any activity by a member of the Great Dun threaten the mages of Edinburgh.
- When called for and agreed upon, representatives may come together to discuss concerns of mutual and imperative concern.